Thomas DiLorenzo explains how the 17th Amendment was instrumental in paving the way for the growth of big government and the demise of state’s rights:
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Senators were originally designed to represent the states (which is why every state got two). Their job was to make sure that any legislation that passed congress would not erode the sovereignty of the states – keeping federal power in check. That’s why they were chosen by their state legislatures. They didn’t have to worry about bringing home “pork” and other such nonsense to bribe voters with, because they were accountable to the state legislatures. If they voted for legislation that would weaken the state’s rights, they’d be gone.
With the 17th Amendment, that all changed. Now senators have no motivation to protect their state sovereignty. They pander to the voters just like congressmen do. The result is that Federal power has not been kept in check, and has increasingly eroded states rights.
The founders knew what they were doing when they designed our system. They were ardent students of history and knew how easy it was for government to exceed and abuse its power. But “progressives” thought they knew better. The 16th and 17th Amendment have wreaked havoc on checks and balances and brought more corruption to the process – so much so that Americans are inclined to despair that it could ever change. It can, if we have the courage to educate the voters, repeal these two destructive amendments, and get back to the original constitutional limits of government!
Glenn Beck and Judget Napolitano explain how the 17th Amendment has led to increased corruption and was designed by “progressives” like Woodrow Wilson to make it nearly impossible to restrain federal power: